A range of genetic testing methodologies are needed to identify pathogenic changes in the ATM gene including:
- copy number analysis (e.g. MLPA)
- analysis of structural rearrangements.
Information about DNA tests and testing laboratories is available from:
If a decision is made to test this gene as part of a cancer gene panel, care should be taken to select a panel where the individual genes tested have both clinical validity and clinical utility.
If this gene is tested using genomic sequencing (“next generation sequencing” or NGS), and testing has not identified a pathogenic variant, the value of testing using another methodology (e.g. MLPA, Sanger sequencing) should be considered.